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BC3 receives federal grants for shale gas workforce training

The College developed workforce training for the energy and natural gas industries using two federal grants issued by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Federal grants through TAACCCT (Transition Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training) and ShaleNet are being used concurrently over three years. BC3 received $553,044 through TAACCCT for recruitment, career counseling, training and job placement of workers in the industries of energy and natural gas. BC3 was also established as an approved training provider through ShaleNet for five high-priority occupations: Roustabout, Floor Hand, Production Technician, CDL and Welding. ShaleNet reimburses the college $3,000 for each trainee.

The federal grant money has covered the cost of the equipment, infrastructure and curriculum needed to provide training on the natural gas industry identified as a high-demand occupation of the region.

Butler Eagle Article:

BC3 uses federal grants to develop drill workers

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Article:

BCCC begins classes to qualify workers for jobs in Marcellus Shale industry

Ivory Dunlap speaks at
MLK Community Breakfast

Ivory Dunlap, BC3 Academic Counselor and Retention Specialist, was selected as the speaker for the 11th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Breakfast at the YWCA in Butler. The event was sponsored by the YWCA and the Paul Laurence Dunbar Community Center.

Ivory is a Butler native whose great grandfather, Clarence J. Dunlap, and his business partner, Peter A. Birckbichler, started the first black owned business in Butler called Black and White Express Trucking. Ivory serves on numerous committees at BC3, is the Co-Vice Chair of the Butler Collaborative for Families, is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., and PFLAG Butler.

BC3 purchases 6.15 acres on Old Plank Road

The Board of Trustees approved the Old Plank Road property purchase for $350,000. Acquiring the property will allow for improved road access and traffic flow at the south entrance of the Main Campus, expansion of the Children’s Creative Learning Center and use of the house, barn and garage for administrative and operational purposes.

BC3 News Release:

BC3 purchases 6.15 acres on Old Plank Road

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Article:

Butler County Community College will buy nearby 6-acre tract

BC3 participates in program to conserve energy

The College turned off the lights in the Science and Technology Building on the Main Campus as part of an effort to conserve energy and save electricity when it’s in high demand in the region. ClearChoice Energy’s Demand Response Program offsets the need for additional energy production by diverting energy back to the source to be used by consumers. BC3’s involvement in the program allowed the College to reduce expenses and save energy for those who need it.

Pittsburgh Tribune Review Article:

Power of choice keeps lights on

BC3 President named
Chairman of Heart Walks

BC3 President Nick Neupauer was formally announced as the chairman of the 2012 Butler County Heart Walk’s in Butler and Cranberry Township at the American Heart Association’s annual Heart Ball at the Pittsburgh Marriot North.

Butler Eagle Article:

President of BC3 chairs heart walks

Students connect with STEM
courses at BC3

Hands-on courses teach students Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) through designing and building guitars, amps and furniture. Students even used their skills to create a chocolate replica of the Science & Technology Building for the President and Board of Trustees.

Butler County Business Matters Article:

BC3 expands hands-on learning opportunities

Chris Calhoun presents at
international summit

BC3 Professor Chris Calhoun conducted two presentations on the Pennsylvania Water Rescue Program highlighting the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission training at the 2012 International Boating and Water Safety Summit in San Diego, California.

BC3 News Release:

BC3 professor presents at the International Boating
Water Safety Summit

BC3 Education Foundation, Inc.
appoints new board members

The BC3 Education Foundation appointed the following members to its Board of Directors: Maurice Goodwin, Store Manager at Sam’s Club in Butler; Lewis McEwen, Attorney in Hermitage; and Tony Shakely, Marketing Manager at ARMCO Credit Union in Butler. Shakely is also an alumni of BC3 and now serves as the President of the BC3 Alumni Association.

Scott A. McDowell appointed to the
Board of Trustees

Scott is the Chief Financial Officer at the Blair Strip Steel Company in New Castle.

 

BC3 Board of Trustees

Students Inducted into
Phi Theta Kappa

Ninety-six students were inducted into BC3’s Rho Phi Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society for the spring semester at a ceremony in Founders Hall on the Main Campus.

BC3 announces plans for
walking trail on Main Campus

Thanks to a gift by the College’s first academic dean, E. Bertrum Shaffer and his wife Esther, BC3 announced plans to construct a mile-long walking trail on the Main Campus.

The walking trail will make a loop around campus and be used by the community as well as the College for events and fundraisers.

Benches, trash reciprocals, and signage will be installed along the path. Construction will begin in the fall and be completed in 2013.

Rendering provided by Stantec Consulting.

BC3 News Release:

BC3 Education Foundation, Inc. receives $334,710 gift

BC3 launches mobile website

Due to an increase in smart phone access of the BC3 website, a mobile website was developed with content more easily accessible and user-friendly for smart phones.

Important content from BC3’s website was restructured and designed for the mobile website. BC3’s mobile website was developed by Web Manager Dennis Birkes and Web Editor Kayla Mirabella.

Butler County Business Matters Article:

Web of Intrigue

BC3 students named to 2012
All-Pennsylvania Academic Team

BC3 students April Beaman and Joy Dillon were named to the 2012 All-Pennsylvania Academic Team in Hershey, PA by the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa, the national two-year college honor society. April and Joy were honored for their academic achievements and volunteerism.

BC3 News Release:

BC3 students named to 2012 All-Pennsylvania Academic
Team

BC3 students meet with legislators in Harrisburg

Sophomores Zachary Cavaliero, John Spigelmyer, Corey Miller, Katy Albert and Chelsea Pfeifer accompanied President Neupauer and Sherri Osborne, Assistant Director of Student Activities, to promote BC3 and Pennsylvania’s community colleges at the Annual Lobby Day at the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg.

BC3 President's Blog: Lobby Day 2012

BC3 holds first Academic Success Forum

BC3 students with a 3.5 GPA or higher were invited to attend the first Academic Success Forum in Founders Hall to celebrate their achievements.

Members of the BC3 Alumni Association were also in attendance to engage with current students. Maggie Slater, Assistant Coordinator of Tutoring, was the keynote speaker and discussed the three keys to unlocking opportunities in college. Francie Spigelmyer, Vice President of Academic Affairs, asked the students 5 questions about their academic success. BC3 Alumni monitored the answers and they were shared with the entire group. The event served as a celebration of student achievement and a learning opportunity to discover programs and activities that foster student success.

Alexandria Jones named
2012 Employee of the Year in Butler County

Alexandria Jones, BC3 Tutoring Coordinator, was named a co-recipient of the 2012 Employee of the Year Award by the Butler County Chamber of Commerce.

The award is sponsored by the Butler Health System and was presented at the 18th Annual Employee Appreciation Day Luncheon at the Atrium. Alexandria has worked for the College for 22 years and has been the Tutoring Coordinator since 2003. She manages more than 80 tutors who work with more than 400 students every semester.

Butler Eagle Article:

2 win Employee of the Year awards

Luncheon raises $5,000 for BC3 Adult Literacy Program

Popular books were brought to life at the 2nd Annual Luncheon for Literacy, presented by the Rotary Club of Butler. The sold-out event raised $5,000 for the Adult Literacy Program at BC3. Guests visited 21 different tables that were decorated with the theme of popular books like The Help, Water for Elephants and The Secret life of Bees.

Butler Eagle Article:

Literary Luncheon

BC3 recognizes employee years of service

The College held its Annual Recognition Dinner & Awards Banquet in Founders Hall on the Main Campus. BC3 honored the following employees for their years of service to the College.

 

Flickr Photo Slideshow:

Annual Recognition Dinner & Awards Banquet

Video:

BC3 Service Recognition 20 – 25 Year Employees

Tutors recognized at wrap-up meeting and luncheon

The campus community was invited to the all-tutor wrap-up meeting and luncheon to meet with the tutoring staff at BC3. Michael Dittman, Instructor in the Humanities and Social Sciences Division, was the keynote speaker and addressed the important role of tutoring in supporting the academic success of students. President Neupauer and Francie Spigelmyer, Vice President of Student Affairs, were also in attendance to recognize the students. A meeting was held to discuss tutoring business over the past semester. Also, one tutor received an Amazon Kindle as a door prize at the event.

BC3 golfer finishes third in NJCAA Region XX Golf Championship

Nick Legacy, BC3 student and Pioneer Golfer, took third place at the NJCAA Region XX Golf Championship held at the Elks Golf Club in Latrobe. The placement qualified him to participate in the NJCAA National Golf Tournament held at the Chautauqua Golf Club in Chautauqua, New York in June.

BC3 News Release:

BC3 golfer Nick Legacy finishes third in NJCAA Region

BC3 holds 44th Annual Commencement

Students, family and friends filled the Field House on the Main Campus to celebrate the 2012 BC3 graduates.

For the 2011-2012 academic year, approximately 560 students graduated from BC3. Peter Varischetti, President of Varischetti Holdings & Varischetti Sports, gave the keynote address. Mike Franko, Multimedia Consultant for the Butler Media Group was the Distinguished Alumni speaker and BC3 student Mitch Hortert was the student speaker. BC3 student Anthony Katona was recognized as the first graduate of the new BC3 Scholar's Program.

 

BC3 News Release:

BC3 holds 44th Annual Commencement

Flickr Photo Slideshow:

BC3 2012 Commencement

BC3 students graduate with bachelor’s degrees from Edinboro

Eleven students made up the first graduating class of the degree program partnership between Edinboro University and BC3. Students first earned their 2-year associate degree through BC3 and continued on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education through Edinboro University at the BC3 @ Lawrence Crossing location in New Castle. Students saved on travel expenses and were able to stay close to their home and work obligations.

BC3 News Release:

BC3 students graduate with bachelor’s degrees from Edinboro

BC3 student wins state-wide Advance PA video contest

BC3 student Michael Dreher won first place in the Advance PA video contest put on by the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges. Students were asked to submit videos and share their stories to show support of community colleges across the commonwealth. The video placed first among 22 submissions from community college students across the state. BC3 student Christina Farmer was also featured in the video. Dreher won a $500 cash prize.

BC3 News Release:

BC3 student wins state-wide Advance PA video contest

YouTube Video:

AdvancePA: Butler County Community College

BC3 honored by the Boy Scouts of America Moraine Trails Council

The College was named the Distinguished Corporate Citizen for 2012 by the Boy Scouts of America Moraine Trails Council. The award was presented at the Boy Scouts Distinguished Citizens Award Dinner at the Pittsburgh Marriott North.

BC3 hosted the First Annual Technology Academy for the Moraine Trails Council where scouts used campus facilities to earn science & technology merit badges. President Neupauer was also the guest speaker at the Annual Council Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner.

Butler Eagle Article:

BC3 honored by the Boy Scouts of America Moraine Trails Council

BC3 and IMSN announce new
partnership

BC3 and the International Maritime Security Network (IMSN) partnered in a joint training initiative to meet the complex needs of organizations and first responders working on or near waterways. IMSN will be providing all of its regional training in the Pittsburgh area at the Public Safety Training Facility on the BC3 Main Campus.

BC3 News Release:

BC3 and IMSN announce new partnership

BC3 Alumni Council raises $7,500 at golf outing

The BC3 Alumni Council raised $7,500 at the 9th Annual Pioneer Golf Outing at the St. Jude County Club in Chicora. The title sponsor of the event was the Butler ARMCO Credit Union and 60 golfers participated.

BC3 News Release:

BC3 Alumni Council raises $7,500 at golf outing

BC3 implements the summer 4-day work week

Beginning the week of June 11 through August 3, the College implemented the summer 4-day work week for employees on a trial basis. The operating schedule changed from a regular five-day/8-hour schedule to a 4-day/10-hour schedule. The goal of the summer 4-day work week was to improve cost efficiencies and enhance employees work/life balance while still ensuring operational needs of the College were maintained. Administrative offices were required to maintain core operating hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and were closed Friday. Summer credit classes and office hours were scheduled Monday through Thursday.

Students featured on BC3 billboards

BC3 students auditioned to be featured on the billboards at the intersection of Decatur Drive and Route 8 in Butler pointing towards the Main Campus. Students entered by submitting a photo of themselves pointing in any direction via email, Facebook and Twitter.

Students who entered participated in a professional photo shoot and answered questions on camera about their experience at BC3. The students did such a great job that billboards were put up in various locations in Butler, Lawrence and Mercer counties as well as on
Route 8.

Three themes emerged from the video footage: accessibility, affordability and quality. The videos were featured on BC3’s website and social networks and were also used in commercial advertising.

YouTube Videos:

Student Testimonials: Fall 2012

Flickr Photo Slideshow:

BC3 Billboard Contest Winners

Kathleen Ditch and Nancy Jean Rose receive 2012 Red Apple Awards

The United Way of Butler County presented the 9th Annual Red Apple Awards to 11 dedicated teachers that demonstrate leadership and involvement in the classroom and community. Each teacher is presented with $500 for their school or department sponsored by local businesses and organizations.

Kathleen Ditch, Assistant Director of the Children’s Creative Learning Center at BC3, was selected as the pre-kindergarten educator honoree. Kathleen also teaches Sunday School and participates in walks for charity. Nancy Jean Rose, Professor in the Humanities and Social Sciences Division, was the instructor honoree from BC3. Nancy Jean was nominated four times for the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and is the co-advisor for FACETS Art and Literary Journal.

The Butler Eagle Article:

Teachers receive their Red Apples

David Anderson presents at
Hemingway International Conference

BC3 Professor David Anderson presented a paper entitled "Analogues of the Deserter-in-the-Gauertal Incident in 'The Snows of Kilimanjaro'" at the Hemingway International Conference in Michigan.

David teaches in the Humanities and Social Sciences Division and is a member of The Hemingway Society. The paper was well received at the conference and was accepted to be published with minor revisions in The Hemingway Review, a peer-reviewed journal, in November of 2013.

BC3 implements Ellucian
online management software

The College finalized a million dollar online management software conversion to Ellucian. After the College’s previous software stopped supporting higher education needs, BC3 purchased and converted to the new system.

Ellucian supports admissions, financial aid, registration, enrollment management, advising and more. Students can access all of their information online through the portal. The software also supports all administrative and business transactions for the College.

BC3 implements Lumens software
for continuing education

The College implemented an online registration and enrollment management software for noncredit continuing education courses called Lumens. The software is powered by the company Augusoft.

The new software allows the College to streamline the noncredit enrollment process and save money and staff time. Using Lumens, students can register themselves for classes and keep their information up-to-date. Staff now has the capability to clone courses, easily extract class information for print catalogs and report real-time enrollment data.

BC3 hires Vice President of
Student Services

Case Willoughby, the new Vice President of Student Services at BC3, brought experience and knowledge of higher education to the College. Case was formerly the Director of Advising Services at Hunter College in New York. He has also held administrative roles at Columbia University, American University and City University of New York’s Hostos Community College. He has two master’s degrees in student personnel administration and Hispanic civilization and a Doctorate of Education from Columbia University in Higher Education.

Butler Eagle Article:

BC3 picks students services VP

BC3 awarded 24 recycling containers

The College was awarded 24 recycling containers from The Coca Cola Company Keep America Beautiful Bin Grant Program. The containers are single stream and able to collect plastic, aluminum and glass in the same bin. A recycling dumpster was contracted with Waste Management for 3 years.

The bins were received and distributed around the Main Campus in Butler as well as BC3 @ Cranberry, BC3 @ Lawrence Crossing and BC3 @ LindenPointe for the start of the fall 2012 semester. BC3 estimated around 180 pounds of recycling was collected in the first 5 months.

Denton Dailey publishes new edition of textbook

BC3 Associate Professor Denton Dailey published a new edition of his textbook Electronics for Guitarist.

The first edition of the textbook explains the fundamental principles of transistors and the operation of integrated circuit and vacuum tube-based amplifiers. The second edition expands on the design of vacuum tube amplifiers and includes additional design examples on other topics throughout the book.

Denton teaches in the Science and Technology Division and has previously published six different textbooks.

BC3 announces Best Practices in
Teaching and Learning Awards

Francie Spigelmyer, Vice President for Academic Affairs, announced the recipients of the Best Practices in Teaching and Learning Awards at the 2012-13 College Convocation. Certificates are awarded annually to recipients who have demonstrated excellent pedagogical strategies that promote effective student learning.

The following BC3 faculty members were awarded: Mary Ann Hiser, Professor in the Nursing and Allied Health Division; Karen Botinovch, Instructor in the Nursing and Allied Health Division; Michael Dittman, Instructor in the Humanities and Social Sciences Division; John Ripper, Associate Professor in the Science and Technology Division; and Robin Pankiw, Professor in the Science and Technology Division.

BC3 Education Foundation, Inc. raises $72,000 at golf outing

The BC3 Education Foundation raised $72,000 at the 16th Annual Foundation Golf Outing at the Olde Stonewall Golf Course in Ellwood City. The title sponsor of the event was Farmers National Bank and 106 golfers participated in the event.

The Butler Eagle team took first place with players Sal Genilla, Ken Fair, Ron Vodenichar and Vance Smith.

Pioneer Women’s Volleyball kicks off season

The Pioneer Women’s Volleyball team won two back-to-back tournaments to kick off the 2012 season: the BC3 Early Bird Kick Off Tournament (4-0) and the Alfred State Tournament in New York (4-1). BC3 player Christina Farmer was named MVP at both tournaments. BC3 player Bethany Easom was selected for the All-Tournament team at the BC3 Early Bird Tournament. BC3 players Jessica Prelec and Julia Kleinfelder were selected for the All-Tournament team at the Alfred State Tournament.

The Pioneers finished their regular season tied for first place before heading into the WPCC Tournament. BC3 lost the championship match and came in 2nd place. Christina Farmer, Jessica Prelec and Julia Kleinfelder were all named to the WPCC All-Conference team. To wrap-up the season, BC3 hosted the NJCAA Division III Region XX Championships. Christina Farmer was named to the Region XX All-Tournament Team as well as receiving All-Region First Team recognition, along with Jessica Prelec. Bethany Easom was awarded an All-Region Honorable Mention. The Pioneers ended their season 19-7.

Butler Eagle Article:

BC3 winning with locals in volleyball

BC3 kicks off the "My Vote" Civic Engagement Series

The College hosted a series of events on the Main Campus to encourage students to register to vote in the 2012 Presidential Election. The series was also implemented to inform students about current political issues. The series included a speaker, a discussion panel and celebration after the election. Students were also given the opportunity to register to vote at two of the events. Approximately 117 voter registrations were submitted as a result of the "My Vote" series.

Butler Eagle Article:

BC3 encourages students to learn the issues

Nancy Staible appointed to the
Board of Trustees

Nancy was a Physician’s Assistant for over 30 years. She is now retired and resides in Zelienople.

 

BC3 Board of Trustees

CCLC named exemplary site for early childhood education

The Children’s Creative Learning Center at BC3 was named an exemplary site for early childhood education by the Penn State Extension Better Kid Care Program. CCLC teachers and students were filmed and interviewed to be part of a training video used nationwide by the Better Kid Care Program.

BC3 News Release:

BC3's Children's Creative Learning Center
named exemplary site for early childhood education

Pioneer Golf Team finishes 2nd
in conference and state tournaments

BC3’s Pioneer Golf team earned 2nd place at both the WPCC Conference Tournament at The Links in Apollo, PA and the PCAA State Tournament at the Penn National Golf Club in Fayetteville, PA.

At the WPCC Tournament, sophomore Matt Eshelmen from Knoch and freshman Tucker Preston from Karns City were selected to the WPCC All-Tournament Team. Pioneer Golf Coach Bill Miller was named the 2012 Men’s Golf Coach of the Year. Bill is the Dean of the Humanities and Social Sciences Division at BC3. At the PCAA State Tournament, the Pioneers had a final score of 502 out of 5 players for 36 holes.

In the history of the golf program, this is the second time that BC3 has placed 2nd at the state tournament.

Butler Eagle Article:

BC3 golf wins with local talent

Butler Eagle Article:

BC3 golf earns 2nd at states

Community College presidents announce JobTrakPA program

President Neupauer joined colleagues from Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges and several State Representatives to announce the JobTrakPA program at the Rotunda of the State Capitol in Harrisburg. BC3 received $553,044 of a $20 million dollar federal grant by the U.S. Department of Labor to be administered to the Commonweath’s 14 community colleges. The TAACCCT (Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training) grant will fund the JobTrakPA rapid-retraining program to help unemployed and underemployed workers to secure jobs in high demand industries in the state. BC3 is using the funds to provide training in the areas of energy and natural gas.

BC3 News Release:

Community colleges launch rapid retraining program for Pennsylvania's displaced workers

The Patriot News Article:

Harrisburg Area Community College participates in job retraining for displaced workers

Students inducted into
Phi Theta Kappa

Fifty-seven students were inducted into BC3’s Rho Phi Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Societ for the fall semester at a ceremony in Founders Hall on the Main Campus.

BC3 hosts Heart Walk in Butler & Cranberry Township

More than 1,000 people participated in the 2012 Heart Walk’s in Butler and Cranberry Township this fall.

In September, more than 600 people participated in the Cranberry Heart Walk in the Cranberry Woods business park. The Butler Heart Walk was held in October with around 400 people walking 3 miles around the BC3 Main Campus. President Neupauer was the chairman of both events which raised more than $168,000 for the American Heart Association.

Butler Eagle Article:

Hundreds take Heart Walk

BC3 wins marketing awards in regional competition

The College was awarded four 2012 Medallion Awards through the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations. The Medallion Awards recognize outstanding achievement in communication efforts at community and technical colleges in the north east district.

The college received two Gold Medallions for Outdoor Advertising Billboards and Radio PSA Advertisements, one silver Medallion for Video Advertisements and one Bronze Medallion for College Promotional Videos. The awards were presented at the NCMPR Region I Conference in Pittsburgh.

President's Blog:

Pioneer Pride

Pennsylvania Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team Training held at BC3

The Pennsylvania Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team (PA-HART) is a highly specialized aerial search and rescue team that provides an air asset for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the nation to respond to natural and manmade disaster incidents. The team completed peak hoist rescue training at BC3’s Public Safety Training Facility on main campus. BC3 professor Chris Calhoun, a member of PA-HART, participated in the training by navigating a landing from a U.S. Army Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter onto a building at the Public Safety Training Facility.

Butler Eagle Article:

BC3 serves as training site

YouTube Video:

PA-HART: Peak Hoist Rescue Training

BC3 honors donors, scholarship recipients and Distinguished Alumni

The College hosted the annual Oak Hills Legacy Dinner in Founders Hall to honor donors and recognize students who received scholarships for the 2012-2013 academic year. Attendees also recognized the 2012 BC3 Distinguished Alumni: Candy Hartley, ’84 and Robert J. Olszewski, ’96.

BC3 News Release:

BC3 honors the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients

New study shows the economic impact of BC3

BC3 announced the release of the study The Economic Contribution of Butler County Community College. The report shows that BC3 is a sound economic investment and makes a valuable contribution to the vitality of both local and state economies, by enriching the lives of the students and increasing their lifetime incomes. BC3 students see a rate of return on their educational investment of 17.7%.

BC3 News Release:

New study shows the critical impact of BC3 on Butler County and PA economies

Pittsburgh Tribune Review Article:

Study: Taxpayers get 12% economic return from Butler County Community College

BC3 Education Foundation receives $96,000 in tax credits

The BC3 Education Foundation, Inc. announced gifts received in the fall totaling $96,500 from area businesses through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. Businesses supporting BC3 through the EITC program include: Farmers National Bank of Emlenton, Northwest Savings Bank; Peoples TWP LLC; Varischetti Holdings and Brayman Construction Company. The EITC contributions will be used to support and enhance the BC3 College Within the High School (CWHS) program.

BC3 News Release:

BC3 Education Foundation receives $96,000 in tax credits from regional businesses

Gifts to the BC3 Education Foundation support students and staff

In 2012, private giving to the BC3 Education Foundation totaled $361,561 and six new endowed scholarships were established. The top five donors to the Foundation in 2012 were People’s TWP LLC ($50,000), Brayman Construction ($12,500), Farmers National Bank ($12,000) and Varischetti Holdings, LP ($12,000). There was also an anonymous individual who donated $25,000 to endow a scholarship.

The Foundation provided $131,000 in scholarship support to students for the 2012-2013 academic year and provided $2,500 for faculty enhancement grants, lab equipment at BC3 @ LindenPointe, College events and support to the financial literacy program and the emergency student loan program. In addition, a grant to the College in the amount of $30,000 was approved by the Foundation to support BC3 Strategic Planning Initiatives.

YSU to offer Bachelor of Social Work at BC3

College administrators finalized an articulation agreement with Youngstown State University (YSU) to complete a Bachelor of Social Work on the BC3 Main Campus. Students complete their first 2 years through BC3 and continue on to earn a bachelor’s degree through YSU, without leaving BC3 main campus. YSU will accept the transfer of 78 BC3 credits in their Social Work program. The course Social Work Processes will be offered through YSU at BC3 for the spring 2013 semester. The program officially begins in the fall 2013 semester.

BC3 student receives $1,000 national scholarship

BC3 student Ashley Hevesy received a Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship by Phi Theta Kappa for 2012-2013. The national scholarship program defrays educational costs for students enrolled at a community college and encourages student leadership development through active PTK membership.

Ashley is enrolled in the Nursing Program and is a member of the Rho Phi Chapter of Phi Theta kappa at BC3.

BC3 News Release:

BC3 student receives $1,000 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship

BC3 completes Exterior Door Replacement Project

BC3 matched $315,000 in capital funding from the state to complete the Exterior Door Replacement Project on the Main Campus and BC3 @ Cranberry in Cranberry Township. The funding allowed the College to replace deteriorating exterior door systems at both these locations for improved safety and security, ADA accessibility, energy efficiency and aesthetics. The project is a major integral upgrade of overall daily operation and use.